110 The Legend of the Christmas Rose

Suggested by Joe on Facebook! There’s a song about it. And a sweet story. The flower, the legend, the poem, the carol, it’s all in here. Plus bonus music! Believe it or not, time is running out to call (323) 487-12-25 and be on the show. Or email TopElf at MyChristmasStocking dot NET. Join us on Facebook, on Twitter (@XmasStocking),  and Google+. And please come to MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by the Grace Episcopal Church Choir (from Soundclick.com)

“Mvmt IV, Every Bell On Earth Will Ring” by the Oh Hellos from “The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album”
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Background music includes:

“Bethlehem” by Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com)

“Realidade Eterna (Eternal Reality)” by Corciolli from “Nosso Lar (The Astral City)”

“The Holly and the Ivy” by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”
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More information:

Novareinna.com has a more on the rose and the legend.

Read the poem that inspired the carol and more at NoelNoelNoel.com.

Read another version of the legend at The Baldwin Project. 

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89 The Christmas Pickle

Dave in Texas wanted to hear about the Christmas Pickle. It’s actually real! Sort of. Let me know what to talk about on Facebook, Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Google+. Or email your suggestions to TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. All the episodes are at  MyChristmasStocking.net. Thanks to Dave in Arizona for your gift to the show! Go to Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net to give.

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Featured music:

Go Tell it on the Mountain” by Roger McGuinn (from the Free Music Archive)

Background music:

“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Michael Ryan from “A Classical Guitar Christmas”

Carol of the Bells” by Gato (from MacJams.com)

More information:

About.com does a good job of investigating the legend.

WhyChristmas.com boils it down.

Here’s Wikipedia’s article.

86 Elf on the Shelf

An undercover elf who keeps an eye on the kids for Santa? Can it be true? Hey! I know an elf! I’ll get the scoop. Share your childhood Christmas memory at MyChristmasStocking.net, click “Call Me.” You can also find the Christmas Stocking on  Facebook, Twitter (@XmasStocking) and Google+. Email us TopElf at MyChristmasStocking.NET. Thanks to Emma in the UK for your generous gifts to the Christmas Stocking! Contribute.MyChristmasStocking.net.

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Featured music:

This Holiday Night” by Margo Rey (find her on Facebook and Twitter)
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Background music includes:

“Joy to the World” by Kevin Zerbe

“I Saw Three Ships”  by The Manor House String Quartet from “I Saw Three Ships and Other Carols”

More information:

Of course I found a lot at their own ElfontheShelf.com, including all of the merchandise which can be bought right there.

Also, Wikipedia and a Washington Post article from a semi-convert.

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